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Business Need

  • Due to a rapidly changing insurance industry, Zurich needed to engage in the agile development of data assets, leveraging new data sources.
  • ETL could not handle the XML sources stored in 13,000 elements in 10+ products; Zurich needed to lower the cost of making changes.
  • Delivery bottlenecks often caused slow times-to-market; Zurich needed an infrastructure to manage and organize disparate data sources. 
  • Zurich needed to develop a solution with a single point of entry, which would enable the company to better adapt to changes for a competitive advantage. 


  • Zurich leveraged the Denodo Platform, which uses data virtualization to directly connect to SQL servers that contain tables of XML strings, to be used as a virtual staging wrapper.
  • The Denodo Platform creates views over XML to represent core entities for reporting, and these views are cached to the SQL server.
  • Relational, reporting, and analytical stores are published as consumable data sets to be accessed by Alteryx and Qlik.


  • Creative data sourcing has reduced the cost/time-to-market, for a competitive advantage developed.
  • The previous ETL process took 1 week; the Denodo Platform takes just 1 hour.
  • The resource requirement has been reduced from 4 to 1.5 FTE, an improvement of more than 60%.
  • A single point of entry enables Zurich to use one quarter of the resources to do the same process and more.

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Case Study Video: Modernizing Data Architecture using Data Virtualization for Agile Data Delivery

Watch this video to learn how how Zurich is modernizing their data infrastructure using data virtualization to accelerate delivery of mortgage insurance.

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